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Zoya Party Girls Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Winter 2017 collection of Zoya! I had most of this photographed over a week ago but I wasn’t happy with the lighting in some of the shots so I had to retake them. In most cases, I got what I wanted but there’s one stubborn shade that just wouldn’t show up correctly in the pictures. But enough about that! This collection has a lot of reds but I could still see how it suits the holiday season. It’s supposed to be “mysterious, moody and electric” but man…..I wish there’s a Christmas green in here! Here are swatches for the Zoya Party Girls Collection.

First up is Isadora.

Zoya Isadora

Isadora looks to be a purple shimmer duochrome in the bottle. It is described as “a rich, refined pearl in magenta plum”. Formula for this shade is really nice, although it has the kind of finish that shows brush strokes. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Isadora (in shade)

Zoya Isadora (direct sunlight)

Zoya Isadora (close-up)

Zoya Isadora (lighting changed)

Next we have Ming.

Zoya Ming

The name suits the shade. It’s a red crème shade that applied beautifully. It is described as “a sexy midtone, scarlet red cream”. This might be my favorite red crème shade ever. Formula is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ming (in shade)

Zoya Ming (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ming (close-up)

Then there’s Danielle.

Zoya Danielle

Danielle is a beautiful crème shade that my youngest niece would surely love. It is described as “a deep, dark periwinkle cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a buttery smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Danielle (in shade)

Zoya Danielle (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Then we have Solstice.

Zoya Solstice

Solstice is the hardest shade to capture how it really looks in this collection. Just by looking at the bottle, it looks like an orange-red to me. In direct sunlight on my nails, the color is a dark salmon pink. But that does not come through at all in the photos — it looks red. It is described as “a sparkling persimmon orange metallic”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Solstice (in shade)

Zoya Solstice (direct sunlight)

Zoya Solstice (close-up)

Next up is Kelsey.

Zoya Kelsey

Kelsey is the pink crème in this collection. I can see how it’s a good shade with some cute holiday party dresses. It makes me think of Barbie. It is described as “a muted, cerise pink cream”. Formula for this shade is slightly thicker than a lot of the other shades in this collection but it feels like it’s more sheer. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kelsey (in shade)

Zoya Kelsey (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kelsey (close-up)

Then we have Tawny.

Zoya Tawny

Wowowowowowowowow! Tawny is ,y favorite shade in this collection. It has a glass fleck like finish to me. It is described as “a deep, coppery rose sparkling metallic”. Formula for this shade is similar to most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tawny (in shade)

Zoya Tawny (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tawny (close-up)

Another one that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Landon.

Zoya Landon

Landon is an eggplant purple crème shade. It is described as “a mysterious, deep aubergine cream”. I have a pair of suede boots that is a cross between this shade and Danielle but leaning towards Landon more. I love it. Formula is beautiful like the rest of the crème shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Landon (in shade)

Zoya Landon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed again)

Then we have Blake.

Zoya Blake

Blake looks like a black or close to a black shimmer to me. It is described as “a deep, refined pearl in sapphire blue”. I can’t really see the blue unless under sunlight but rest assured it’s there. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Blake (in shade)

Zoya Blake (direct sunlight)

Zoya Blake (close-up)

Next up is Sheri.

Zoya Sheri

Sheri is another red crème in this collection, just darker than Ming. It is described as “a must-have midtone, garnet red cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sheri (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sheri (close-up)

Zoya Sheri (lighting changed)

Then here’s Delaney.

Zoya Delaney

Delaney is a beautiful and stunning shade that shines like jewels to me. It is more red on the nails than I originally thought. It is described as “a royal multichromatic (pewter, blue, purple, green), metallic flip”. Formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Delaney (in shade)

Zoya Delaney (direct sunlight)

Zoya Delaney (close-up)

Zoya Delaney (lighting changed)

Next is Nadia.

Zoya Nadia

Nadia is the sheerest shade in this collection. It is described as “a buildable, sparkling, gingery gold metallic “disco” topper”. Formula for this shade is thinner than the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nadia (in shade)

Zoya Nadia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nadia (close-up)

Last up is Fallon.

Zoya Fallon

Fallon is the pink shimmer in this collection. The shimmer in this shade is super fine. I generally like this kind of shades but this is a little brighter than the magenta shades I like. It is described as “a refined pearl, midtone, violet magenta”. Formula for this shade is a little on the brush stroke-y side but it all evened out with the second coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Fallon (in shade)

Zoya Fallon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Fallon (close-up)

Overall, there are some nice jewel tone shades here that is very fitting for the holidays and lots of shimmers. Some of the crème shades I feel are a little more out of place but I could see it being suitable for holiday parties and such. The only thing I wonder about this collection is that I feel like it’s missing the more traditional holiday colors like a Christmas green or a lighter blue or a silver (they did give us a gold topper shade in this collection). But the formula is pretty consistent throughout the entire collection and the colors are bright and cheery that there’s something for everyone I feel.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

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Zoya Leia

Hey guys! It’s Tuesday! I stayed at home with a massive headache from last night. I just couldn’t shake it! I thought I could sleep it away but the few times I woke up it was there and it was bad. My husband gave me stuff that would help but would knock me out (we decided to go that route once it was determined that there was no way I was going to try to make it to work today). Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Leia.

Zoya Leia

The name of this shade makes me think of Star Wars. 🙂 Leia is a beautiful duochrome shimmer. It is described as “a sheer, opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold”. Formula is good and it would look great on its own or over other shades, especially in the same collection. I see flashes of mostly purplish pink but I do see the green and gold peeking especially under direct sunlight. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leia (in shade)

Zoya Leia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leia (close-up)

Zoya Leia (lighting changed)

I love shades like this as they are very versatile!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Delight Swatches

I managed to get an entire collection in this past weekend and it just so happens to be from Zoya. I really like these shades a lot as they are very Spring-y and perfect for Easter. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya Delight Collection.

First up is my favorite, Daisy.

Zoya Daisy

Daisy caught my eye immediately being that it’s a bright yellow shade. This is one of the few yellows I’ve seen done right with a shimmer finish. It is described as “a refreshing lemon merengue yellow metallic with an energizing turquoise metallic flash”. The shimmer looks like it’s a hint of green or silvery green. I find the formula for this really good and it dried pretty fast. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Daisy (in shade)

Zoya Daisy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Daisy (close-up)

Next we have Lillian.

Zoya Lillian

Lillian is a pastel blue shade that’s a bit light for the Easter theme but works perfectly as a Spring shade. It is described as “a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish”. Formula is good and more opaque than I thought. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Lillian (in shade)

Zoya Lillian (direct sunlight)

Zoya Lillian (close-up)

Then we have Leslie.

Zoya Leslie

Leslie is a pretty purple or lilac shimmer that glows. It has a silvery green shimmer that ends up giving this shade a bit of a duochrome finish. This is described as “a soft spring lavender metallic with an energizing turquoise flash”. Formula is slightly creamier than the others in this collection. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leslie (in shade)

Zoya Leslie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leslie (close-up)

Next up is Tiana.

Zoya Tiana

Tiana is the green version of Lillian in color and finish. It is described as “a pistachio gelato green in a glossy cream finish”. I find it to be more sheer than I thought it would be but the formula is self-leveling. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tiana (in shade)

Zoya Tiana (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tiana (close-up)

Up next is Rayne.

Zoya Rayne

Rayne is the blue version of Leslie. I am loving the shimmer in this shade. It’s like it has a hint of green in it. It is described as “a dewy, spring blue metallic with an energizing turquoise metallic flash”. Formula is beautiful as with most from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rayne (in shade)

Zoya Rayne (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rayne (close-up)

Last up is Eden.

Zoya Eden

Eden is a bright pink shade that lots of little girls would love in their Easter basket! I love how creamy and glossy this shade looks. It is described as “a classic spring flower pink in a glossy cream finish”. Formula is just like Leslie — really nice and creamy in application. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Eden (in shade)

Zoya Eden (direct sunlight)

Zoya Eden (close-up)

I love all of the shades in this collection. I’m disappointed when companies tend to play it safe and redundant with their Spring collections. The only thing that is possibly redundant in this collection is that there are 2 blues. Maybe they could’ve swapped one for orange but Zoya has several good orange shades already.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Finger Paints Violaceous Vase

Hey guys! This week has been very busy and confusing for me. I hope it was better for y’all. My husband did take me for a quick stop at the mall so I can take advantage of the 2 for $24 3-wick candle sale at Bath & Body Works. Trust me, I am not thrilled that it went up from 2 for $20 to 2 for $22 and now 2 for $24. I only buy what I really want and just one of each for now. I made 3 separate transactions and used up all the $10 off $30 coupons I had on hand. I got myself 6 3-wick candles, 2 pocketbac holders, 5 pocketbacs, and 3 nail files. I paid it all with gift cards I redeemed with my Discover card. Enough about that though. It has been extremely cold here for me this past week so I haven’t been able to get product shots and swatches from a few things I have lined up to share with you guys. So for now, here’s Finger Paints Violaceous Vase.

Finger Paints Violaceous Vase

Violaceous Vase is a glitter shade that’s one of the 10 new shades in the brand’s core collection. This shade contains violet hex glitters in different sizes suspended in a slightly milky pink shimmer base. There is a slight duochrome property to it really. Formula was good. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Finger Paints Violaceous Vase (in shade)

Finger Paints Violaceous Vase (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Violaceous Vase (close-up)

Finger Paints Violaceous Vase (lighting changed)

This shade should now be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for $5.49.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Swatches

Hey guys! Today I have another collection from Finger Paints that got me pretty excited when I got them in the mail. The colors are so pretty and the shades look very promising. I love vibrant colors of the sea. Here’s Finger Paints Enchanted Mermaid Collection.

First up is Underwater Enchantress.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress

Underwater Enchantress definitely wowed me just by looking at the bottle. It actually made me think of shades like Chanel Peridot and such. It’s vibrant and stunning, but I wish they left the shades that way and not add in anything else for the texture. They were trying to get the texture to be kinda like fish scales. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (in shade)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Underwater Enchantress (close-up)

Next up is Tails Of Love.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love

Tails Of Love is the one I thought I’d love the most initially. It’s a beautiful teal shade with the same texture finish. They achieved this finish with round glitters that I think are clear. You can see them pretty clearly in most of the shots. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (in shade)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Tails Of Love (close-up)

Next we have Sailor’s Lure.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure

Sailor’s Lure is a nice duochrome shade….with the same texture finish. While the shade is pretty, I think the duochrome property would be prettier and more evident if it didn’t have the texture finish. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (in shade)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (another shot)

Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure (close-up)

And lastly, here’s Sea Temptress.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress

Sea Temptress is another duochrome that would fare better if it didn’t have the texture finish. This white opal shade is the one I have most trouble with picturing myself using it. I can see myself using the other shades, but not this one as much. I usually wear light duochrome shades by itself or over a dark shade like black and I can’t see myself doing either with this. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (in shade)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sea Temptress (close-up)

Overall? This is one collection I definitely think it looks better in the bottle than on the nails. Some can actually pass to my liking to actually wear them, but not as a full mani. Something more along the lines of an accent nail or something. My favorite is Underwater Enchantress. These shades should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 each.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*